Monthly Archives: March 2018

CONCLUDED – Walt Gable – The History of the 33rd – 126th – 148th

On Friday, April 27, 2018, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will share some history of Seneca County soldiers who served in the 33rd, 126th and 148th Regiments during the Civil War at the Wesleyan Chapel, 136 Fall Street, Seneca FAlls at 7:00pm.

The 33rd Regiment, New York Volunteers was one of the first regiments that answered President Abraham Lincoln’s call for volunteer troops following the surrender of Fort Sumter in April 1861. Volunteers from Seneca County included the Wright Guards of Waterloo and Companies A and K from Seneca Falls. As part of the program Gable will tell 3 stories associated with Seneca County soldiers in the 33rd as well as the Seneca Falls doctor, Dr. Richard J. Curran, who received the Medal of Honor for his work during the battle of Antietam.

The 126th New York Infantry consisted of men recruited in August 1862 from the counties of Ontario, Seneca and Yates. They were among the first soldiers to receive preliminary military training at Camp Swift in Geneva. Then, less than six weeks into active service, they are part of the thousands of Union soldiers taken prisoner at Harpers Ferry. They redeemed themselves at Gettysburg. As part of the 126th, the Famer (as today’s Interlaken was then known) Band became one of the most celebrated musical organizations of the Union forces in the Civil War. Winfield Scott of Scott’s Corners (between Ovid and Farmer) became known as the “fighting parson.”

The 148th New York Volunteers had several Seneca County soldiers, including Gable’s great grandfather, John Loudebank Hoster. The 148th was involved in the fighting in the Potomac and Richmond area, including the fighting at Cold Harbor. Several members of Co. A, including Hoster, were captured and became prisoners at the infamous Andersonville prison. Gable will also talk about Colonel John B. Murray who was an officer in the 148th and later was instrumental in the establishment of a Memorial Day in Waterloo, NY in 1866.

You Tube Channel Launched – SMWI Seneca Falls

Come and visit our latest addition, a dedicated You Tube Channel for the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Titled “SMWI Seneca Falls” it contains videos about all things canal, industry and Seneca Falls related.

We currently have 3 videos:

Seneca Museum TV Commercial

In the Summer of 2016 the Seneca Museum took part in the Seneca Falls ‘Your Town’ promotion on local TV network CNY Central. (Duration 30 sec)

Harvesting the Tree

A wonderful video produced for the Museum, narrated by Nelson Delavan and written by Edith Delavan (founders of the Museum in 1998) showing how they use to fell a tree and squaring it off to make a log. Using only tradition period tools and equipment it is glorious look back to how things where done in the early days.   (Duration 16:49 min)

Seneca Falls Visitor Center Heritage Video

“Seneca County: The Center of the Finger Lakes” is a short video that showcases the natural beauty and rich history of Seneca County. In the video, viewers are exposed to the agricultural world of wineries, breweries, and distilleries that flourish in the Finger Lakes region. The wineries of the area are regionally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed in their wine production, where they compete in competitions worldwide. Other features of Seneca County are the outdoor activities that happen all year round. Visitors can explore and play throughout all four seasons, from skiing to fishing. If hiking the gorgeous trails of the area is not on the itinerary, visiting a few museums is an option. Seneca County is prominent in world history, as Seneca Falls, NY is the birthplace of Women’s Rights in the United States, Romulus, NY housing the Sampson Military Museum, and Waterloo, NY is regarded as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Visiting the museums that are throughout the county is a great way to be immersed in history itself. If visitors would like to stay and further explore, there are many accommodations to fit any budget. As the video proclaims, “we invite you to see why Seneca County is the center of the Finger Lakes,” and we hope you enjoy! Produced for the Seneca Falls Urban Cultural Park with the kind help and assistance from the Village of Seneca Falls, Francis and Gail Caraccilo Seneca Falls Historical Society, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Women’s Rights National Heritage Park, Goulds Pumps, New York State Library and New York State Museum. (Duration 19:45 min)